Terence Cuneo celebrated on University of Hull’s campus

Published: Friday 29th December 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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The University of Hull’s Brynmor Jones Library has revealed its latest Hull UK City of Culture exhibition.

Much-loved twentieth century painter, Terence Cuneo, is being celebrated in the seven-storey building’s gallery space.

The acclaimed artist was born in London in 1907. During his career, he became one of the nation’s most renowned railway painters. His work, which was always of the highest technical accuracy, looked at industry and technology, war and military history, state and public occasions, wildlife and portraiture. Cuneo was selected as the official artist for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.

“The curation has been put together under the direction of Ian Blatchford, the Director of the Science Museum Group, and has been produced specially for Hull, so it will not be seen anywhere else,” explains Marianne Lewsley-Stier, Head of Culture Campus. “It is split into three main sections: the benign power of the government, power in terms of transport, and the steam train and power during conflict.”

The room is filled with several of Cuneo’s paintings, as well as some of the iconic posters he created for the Ministry of Information during WWII.

“I think this exhibition has mass appeal. It brings about a sense of nostalgia for a past Britain that many of us remember. Terence’s work is quite patriotic,” Marianne expands. “The reason the Science Museum Group has curated this exhibition is because Ian felt that Cuneo’s work has been massively overlooked.”

The SMG runs many of the educational STEM museums across the UK, including the Science Museum in London, the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, York’s National Railway Museum and the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford. The University of Hull is unsurprisingly very thrilled to be working so closely with the group.

“For us, hosting Painting Power symbolises the University’s enthusiasm and contribution for Hull 2017. We’ve organised this to run in synchronicity with the Tell The World season as a way of saying that we plan to continue our work with the visual arts in the city.”

The exhibition has taken over eighteen months to put together, showcasing many items that are usually inaccessible to the general public. One of the highlights of Painting Power is Sir Winston Churchill’s Lying in State, which has been kindly loaned by the House of Lords.

“People should come along because Cuneo’s work is very comforting. During a tricky time for Britain, the work paints quite a beautiful and idyllic image of the country.”

Cuneo’s creations are on display at the Brynmor Jones Library until Sunday 15 April 2018. Entry is completely free. For further details, please visit Culturenet

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Published: Friday 29th December 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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